Plays From Scrimmage Year-by-Year Leaders and Records

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  • Since 1956
Leaders Table
Year Player Plays School
2017Phillip Lindsay224Colorado
2016Donnel Pumphrey*376San Diego State
2015Derrick Henry*406Alabama
2014Jay Ajayi*397Boise State
2013Ka'Deem Carey*375Arizona
2012Le'Veon Bell*414Michigan State
2011Bobby Rainey405Western Kentucky
2010Bobby Rainey369Western Kentucky
2009Toby Gerhart*354Stanford
2008Javon Ringer*418Michigan State
2007Kevin Smith*474Central Florida
2006Yvenson Bernard*339Oregon State
2006Ray Rice*339Rutgers
2005Brian Calhoun*401Wisconsin
2004Cedric Benson*348Texas
2003Steven Jackson*394Oregon State
2002Cecil Sapp*359Colorado State
2001Mewelde Moore327Tulane
2001Larry Ned327San Diego State
2000LaDainian Tomlinson379Texas Christian
1999Travis Prentice373Miami (OH)
1998Ricky Williams385Texas
1997Robert Holcombe329Illinois
1996Troy Davis415Iowa State
1995Darnell Autry*414Northwestern
1994Rashaan Salaam322Colorado
1993Marshall Faulk347San Diego State
1992Corey Croom328Ball State
1991Vaughn Dunbar*393Indiana
1990Sheldon Canley327San Jose State
1989Anthony Thompson393Indiana
1988Anthony Thompson*386Indiana
1987Craig Heyward*409Pittsburgh
1986Steve Bartalo402Colorado State
1985Lorenzo White*425Michigan State
1984Keith Byars*378Ohio State
1983Shawn Faulkner423Western Michigan
1982Ernest Anderson374Oklahoma State
1981Marcus Allen*467Southern California
1980Marcus Allen384Southern California
1979Charles White*354Southern California
1978Charles White*396Southern California
1977Charles Alexander323Louisiana State
1976Tony Dorsett378Pittsburgh
1975Ricky Bell*389Southern California
1974Louie Giammona341Utah State
1973Tony Dorsett*332Pittsburgh
1972Carlester Crumpler342East Carolina
1971Ed Marinaro362Cornell
1970Don McCauley*375North Carolina
1969Steve Owens362Oklahoma
1968O.J. Simpson*409Southern California
1967O.J. Simpson*301Southern California
1966Don Fitzgerald297Kent State
1965Mike Garrett276Southern California
1964Brian Piccolo257Wake Forest
1963Dave Casinelli221Memphis
1962Preacher Pilot212New Mexico State
1961Dave Hoppmann229Iowa State
1960Bobby Thompson208Arizona
1959Dwight Nichols207Iowa State
1958Dwight Nichols220Iowa State
1957Dwight Nichols211Iowa State
1956Jim Bakhtiar205Virginia

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